I was in this crowded, chaotic Macy’s, when I heard something that did NOT sound good. So I made my way to the commotion when I saw a teenage girl, frozen in the vice of her mother, as the mom repeatedly hit her on the back.  I got closer & heard the mom yelling to her,  “You are an embarrassment to me!” An eerie silence descended on this corner of the store as the only audibles were smacks to a back & verbal bullets being shot through a soul. As a Christ-follower, there are moments when we feel God’s compassion take plight in our heart & it compels us to action. So I made my way out of the Macy’s, into the main mall area & immediately & fiercely starting praying. By now, I had to put my sunglasses on because I was crying over what I just saw…It couldn’t have been more than 15 minutes, when I looked up & standing nearby was that mom. I quickly prayed, “God, give me the words,”& I approached her. “Ma’am, hi, um, pardon my sunglasses, but I was crying. I saw what happened in Macy’s, between you & your daughter.  I can’t help but approach you & well, I guess I just wanted to know if you guys are OK?” She said her daughter had been hitting her little brother & that a 15-year old ought to know better. Then, her daughter walked up to us & I reiterated how I just wanted to make sure everyone was OK & if there was anything I could do. In a non-rude way, the mom thanked me for my compassion. And that was that. Now…who am I to approach a woman bigger than me, older than me & unknown to me in the middle of the mall? No one. But living inside of me is Someone & sometimes, He needs us to help others. I don’t want to be stupid about helping people, but I don’t want to be callous, either. Last year, I was a hurting stranger in a new place (Church by the Glades) who needed help & God provided BIG TIME. You see, it’s easier to not notice a stranger in need…’til, of course, you’re that stranger…

 

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